Honiton set for Western Counties rugby
PUBLISHED: 13:27 18 April 2012
Honiton 21, Teignmouth 27
Honiton limped to promotion into the Western Counties West league with a 27-21 defeat to Teignmouth at Allhallows on Saturday afternoon, writes Nick Guilbert.
By restricting their opponents to just three tries, they ensured Teignmouth could only pick up four points for the win, and, by being within seven points, they collected a point themselves, creating a gap of six points with just five available from the final game next week.
Honiton only had themselves to blame for the defeat as their play was riddled with handling errors. Playing up the slope, Honiton started well and, with ball in hand they looked, as they have all season, dangerous. However, when the usually reliable Canniford fumbled a pass, Teignmouth gathered to fed their winger who scored. Honiton reacted and won a penalty, but Channing missed. The seasiders got to 10 points before Honiton reacted from a scrummage on the right. Wide ball saw Barratt and Hyland work well to recycle ball from Webber and a deft touch from Hyland put Barratt into space down the left touch line. He finished with aplomb to the left of the posts. Channing did the honours to regain another two.
A bad call from Guilbert at the kick off saw Teign regather and promptly get to within five yards. Honiton infringed and Guilbert was sin binned for failing to allow Teignmouth quick access to the ball.
Honiton looked to be dealing well with 14 initially, but then conceded a seven pointer to take the game to 17-7 at half time.
Honiton had more gears but for some reason the clutch was on the blink. The second half started badly as some more poor play from the home side gave the visitors a bit of territory, and they punished the Lacemen as their robust second row captain broke through from five yards out. That flipped the switch and Honiton kicked into gear. The Honiton pack began to dominate proceedings at scrum time and things started to click. Dalton and Webber were making good yards whenever they got the ball and, from one such Dalton excursion he slung the ball back to Guilbert who elected to volley the ball onwards. He showed patience to gather and dive over for a seven-pointer courtesy of Channing.
Honiton were in the hunt, and kept banging at the door, but the unforced error count was horrendous, and let the seasiders off the hook several times. Channing broke through after a period of sustained pressure to close the score to 21-24. At the restart another unforced error as Norman incorrectly called for the ball before leaving it and then knocking it on. Teignmouth patience gained them a penalty which essentially sealed the game.
It was a bitter sweet finish, as Honiton were essentially awarded for a season’s long effort with promotion, which was their target for the season. Notably Honiton were unbeaten in Cornwall all season, which proved crucial. They will however need to vastly improve when the big boys come to Allhallows next season!
Next week Honiton round off the season at lowly Torrington.
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